Investors should always be aware of 3 rental property expenses.

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Investors are often enthused by the stories of passive income from rental properties. I have a mixed opinion about rental properties, especially during a downturn.

It seems to be a good investment, and it could generate passive income, but there are a number of hidden costs, which people may not realize at first. There are also unknown risk factors.

Many people overlook the costs of renting out properties. While they are aware of their benefits, like a steady stream of passive income or property growth, others do not. To help you get a better understanding of the rental property market, we have compiled a list that will give you a good idea of what you can expect.

3 Rental Property Expenses that Investors should Always Expect

Unexpected Repairs

While the idea of passive income is great, you should know that buying a house and renting it out does not mean the work is done. You will need to put in a lot of work to maintain a property, and keep up with repairs. It is important to keep on top of small problems, because they can grow into bigger issues if left unattended.

If you are unfortunate enough to have to pay for expensive repairs, such as a furnace, it is important that you know what your options are. Unexpectedly, a furnace may catch fire (did you get my play on words?) This could ruin your cash flow for the year. It could end up ruining your cash flow. It is even more true if you use leverage. You will likely go from a positive cash flow into a negative one.

Disaster Tenants

This is not something I need to mention, but I will nonetheless remind you. Even with the most amazing renters, payment is not guaranteed.

You may find a renter who pays on time every month. But they’re like clocks — you don’t know when they will stop. There are renters who will make up lame reasons for not paying rent. All the time and money you spend on their evicti or n, as well as the unpaid rent, can cause frustration. This risk will increase or decrease as you move from one property class to another.

Taxes, fees and insurance

You will be hit with homeowners’ association dues, property taxes, and insurance costs regardless of whether you are renting out the property.

This is a price that you’ll have to pay, even though it may not be a surprise. You will likely be warned in advance. These costs, which aren’t insignificant, will get very personal if you do not have a regular income from renters.

Risks are inherent in almost everything we do. Don’t let the mere fact that there are risks deter you from taking the plunge in this industry. Real estate can be very profitable and offers many opportunities!

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